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Deer dangers and what to do about them

Editor’s note: This article was provided by the Green Earth Media Group.

It’s hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners.

They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times.

But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? Or that nationally, deer versus car collisions claim about 200 lives per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?

Bambi’s less beautiful when you consider the deer dangers you don’t know. While damage to bushes, blooms, shrubs, and gardens can be annoying at best and costly at worst, deer can pose other risks to the safety of your home and family, including:

Disease dangers. Deer often carry ticks that transmit debilitating diseases like Lyme disease and brucellosis.

Pet threat. Even a small doe can cause considerable injury to a dog or cat if the deer feels threatened and cornered. Bucks with antlers can be even more menacing to pets, especially during rutting season.

Real estate reductions. Deer damage to landscaping, especially trees, can seriously spoil curb appeal, sometimes causing potential buyers to think twice before purchasing a home in an area known for deer damage.

Perpetual predation. Deer are prey animals, and an abundant population of them in a small area can draw predators looking for easy-access meals at your house, on a regular basis.

To protect your home from deer damages – both known and unknown – it’s important to be proactive. Since no one wants to unnecessarily harm deer, it’s important to try safe, preventive measures such as:

Deer repellent. It’s possible to deter deer without the use of harsh chemicals. Bobbex Deer Repellent, a topical foliar spray, uses taste and smell-aversion ingredients to deter deer from browsing on foliage, shrubs and trees. For more information on Bobbex Deer Repellent, visit

Fencing. While fencing is considered a sure-fire way to keep deer out, it’s not always desirable or practical to fence your yard. Many communities restrict the height of fences, some are unsightly and deer have been known to jump fences as high as 10 feet.

Devices. Noise-makers and lights that are motion-activated may scare deer away for a short time, but deer will eventually learn there’s no real threat and return to an area where deterrent devices are in use.

Unpalatable plantings. Hungry deer will eat almost anything, but it is possible to plant some vegetation that deer are less likely to eat. Interspersing plants like yarrow, fuzzy lamb’s ear, catmint, and hellebore, may offer some protection for plants that deer find desirable.